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How Well Do You Know Your Braces? Milton, GA
Orthodontic Treatment

If you are wearing traditional braces, you are probably well-acquainted with how your braces look and feel. While it may seem like your mouth is stuffed with a bunch of shiny metal parts, you should know that each component has a name and is strategically serving a purpose in moving your teeth into proper alignment and straightening your smile.

It’s important to get to know the parts of your braces. You’ll have a whole new appreciation for your orthodontic treatment and will be able to identify the components if they suffer damage or come loose.

Understanding the Parts of Your Braces

Here is list of the primary components that make up your metal or ceramic braces:

Bracket: The largest part of your braces are the square-shaped attachments that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Brackets hold the archwire in place.

Band: Thin rings of metal fitted around the tooth and cemented in place. They carry tubes, hooks or rotating levers to help maneuver your orthodontic treatment plan.

Archwire: The main wire or track across your brackets to guide the teeth. Archwires are changed out periodically throughout treatment.

Ligature Tie: The archwire is anchored to your brackets with a ligature tie, which can be a tiny colored elastic or a twisted wire.

Coil Springs: These small springs are used to help create or maintain between the teeth as needed. They fit over the archwire and between the brackets.

Hook: An arm (welded or removable) to which the rubber bands are attached.

Rubber Bands: Elastic bands that foster tooth movement.

Buccal Tubes: Tubes on the molars (back teeth) that holds the end of the archwire.

Have more questions about what your orthodontic appliances consist of? You deserve to know the ins and outs of what is in your mouth. We are happy to explain they what, how and why of your braces treatment! Call Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry today to learn more.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Thurs: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fri: 7:30am – 5:00pm

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I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

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